Baal Shem Tov / Chassidic Torah Parasha / Kabbalah / Reincarnation (Gilgul)

“The Three Riders” – A Baal Shem Tov Story

B”H This Shabbat is “Shabbat Mishpatim” and one of the topics of this Parasha is giving the laws regarding a slave. A slave has to work for six years and in the seventh year, he can walk away as a free man. Kabbalistic and chassidic literature, however, see a much deeper meaning in the here … Continue reading

Meshiach / Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto / Reincarnation (Gilgul) / Reward & Punishment

Something about our Souls and the Resurrection of the Dead (Techiat Ha’Metim)

  B”H Judaism does believe in Reincarnation as well as in the Resurrection of the Dead (Hebrew: Techiat Ha’Metim). The Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 97 teaches about the Resurrection of the Dead and the Ge’ulah (Redemption as well as the arrival of Meshiach).  Fact is that none of us knows how the Resurrection as well as … Continue reading

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan / Rabbi Saadia Goan / Rambam / Reincarnation (Gilgul) / Sefer HaBahir

Why did Rabbi Saadia Gaon reject Reincarnations (Gilgulim)?

B”H The Jewish concept of GILGULIM (REINCARNATION) was introduced by Rabbi Akivah. “The Bahir (Sefer HaBahir)” explains how Rabbi Akivah came to this conclusion that must be reincarnated souls, and I will explain it in a later article. I think it was Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan who stated the following: Rabbi Saadia Gaon rejected reincarnations because … Continue reading

Kabbalah / Rabbi Yitzchak Luria / Reincarnation (Gilgul)

Judaism on soul reincarnations in humans, animals, plants or stones

B”H One of my readers was so kind forwarding me an interesting link about reincarnation where the author describes the Jewish point in an easy manner. As a matter of fact, Judaism does believe in reincarnation and the famous medieval Kabbalist, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the ARIZAL), teaches in length about reincarnations in humans, animals, plants … Continue reading

Kabbalah / Midrash / Reincarnation (Gilgul) / Shavuot

Sefer Seder HaDorot on Ruth & Boaz (Ivtzan)

B”H The kabbalistic Midrash SEFER SEDER HADOROT lists the generations leading to the birth of David HaMelech (King David). There are two different sources with two different opinions: According to one opinion, Balak was the grandfather of Eglon. Another source lists Balak as Eglon’s father. Eglon was the king of Moav and Ruth and Orpah … Continue reading

Food / Kabbalah / Reincarnation (Gilgul)

Vegans, Vegetarians, Eating Meat and Tikunim

B”H One of my German readers asked if a Jew shouldn’t rather eat meat in order to elevate reincarnated souls. What about vegetarians and vegans ? Weren’t the ancient Egyptians vegans and does veganism cause idol – worship ? My response: Whether the ancient Egyptians were vegans or if veganism causes idol – worship, I … Continue reading